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Monday, December 2, 2013

Good Tidings of Great Joy

It seems that every time you turn on the news there is bad news. Shootings, suicides, financial woes, Government taking more control over our lives and the like.  There just isn't much good news to be had. The situation can easily put people in an apprehensive state.  Worrying about things like health care, gun control and our government quickly turning from what our forefathers intended it to be. It's enough to drive you bonkers.

But, the good news is the same as it has been for over 2000 years:

Luke 2: 1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

As the Christmas season approaches, we all need to remember that the good news is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow.  And that our Lord is still in control of this country and He has brought us peace even in the most troubled times of our lives. I think that giving Glory to God brings that peace with it.

My wish for you this Christmas season is Peace. I know it's a bit early, but Merry Christmas.

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